Art bazaar, exhibition now on at Putuo museum

August 10, 2022 |

An art bazaar and exhibition has been launched at the Suning Art Museum in Putuo as part of Double Five Shopping Festival serial events in the district.

The famous historical painting La Belle Strasbourgeoise is on display at the museum through October 7 along with innovative derivatives.

The painting was created by French artist Nicolas de Largilliere (1656-1746) as one of his most famous pieces. During an auction by Christie’s in Paris in 2020, it was sold for 1.57 million euros (US$1.59 million).

The exhibition also tells the stories of how the artist created it and his inspirations, as well as how the painting was preserved.

The art museum along the Suzhou Creek covers 5,000 square meters. It features a collection of more than 3,000 artworks, mainly paintings, dating back to the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907).

Visitors can also enjoy a batch of national treasures highlighted in the museum during the festival, such as the “Twilight Snow in Mountain Villa” by the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) painter Xia Gui. The painting “Pearl and Dragon” by Chen Rong from the same dynasty is also on view.

Meanwhile, Shanghai’s annual shopping festival is on in full swing, with commercial and cultural events to help boost consumption as the COVID-19 pandemic wanes.

A short road in Changning District is converted into a pedestrian street every weekend for entertainment, market and food stalls.

Night bazaars will be open through October along the 100-meter Kaitian Road, which once housed the legendary No.10 Shanghai Steel Co. The street will be pedestrian only between 10pm on Friday and 3am on Monday through October 16.

The opening of the walking street is part of the efforts of the city’s commerce commission to develop more than a dozen of “15-minute life convenience circles” across the city.

Several art exhibitions will be launched at nearby shopping malls in Changning during the festival. They include a debut exhibition about the world’s great artists along with flash mob shows about Donald Duck and Doraemon.

The steel factory was established in 1956 as the biggest state-owned enterprise in Changning after incorporating several small local steel workshops. In its heydays, it produced a record of 400,000 tons of steel annually with more than 6,000 employees.

The factory was renovated into an art hub in 2005 and redeveloped into a commercial complex titled IM (Innovation Mix) Shanghai. The former main avenue inside the factory became Kaitian Road.